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... Unbelievably in the 1930s the church was closed & turned into s storeroom, gravely damaging the interior. In 1970 it became a museum of mosaics before being closed again for two decades. Since it reopened in 1997, the church has become one of the city's foremost tourist attractions.
... in the end. Being in Russia is Surreal. Ivan is already enamoured by the hotel receptionist who is "smoken'" but without a smile for poor Ivan. He has determined to further investigate the Russian women's psyche. Soon however, after walking the streets for a few hours, we found that our receptionist is fairly standard fare insofar as Russian women are concerned. All without a smile. Soon our thirst for a beer took over and we found a nice bar/restaurant around the corner ...
... can be a challenge, particularly when you travel on the older trains that do not have a display inside to tell you which station you are at, and unless you can understand russian as the announcements are made or manage to be really quick and see the one old sign on the wall as you arrive, you often have no idea where you are. Hence having a map with you downloaded in your phone is ESSENTIAL, and you become quite good at counting stations. We were able to use GPS on our ...
... modernly neutral Sweden… but oh well). Now the fortress holds the tombs of many of the emperors of Russia, from Peter the Great to Nikolas II and his family.
A common theme in St. Petersburg is to see something "as restored after the revolution." Russia dealt with the Bolsheviks revolution and THEN with World War II, so everything is all sorts of messed up. The Bolsheviks revolution is a story that we are all familiar with. ...
... our goodbyes, and bye to the Ukrainians, and he went off to get to the station for his day-long train south, while I put my rucksack in the left luggage, and wondered what to do with over 12 hours to my overnight train to Moscow.
I walked back down Nevsky, and reached the Hermitage again, but his time I turned left and walked through a park where there was an exhibition of "buddy bears" similar to the superlambanana thing in Liverpool - fibreglass statues painted ...
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